Bulls all about rebuilding

June 28, 2017
Chicago Bulls seventh overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen, left, Kris Dunn, centre, and Zach Levine, pose for a photo at the NBA basketball team's training facility,yesterday in Chicago. Dunn and Levine was acquired by the Bulls from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler and this year's No. 16th overall pick, Justin Patton.

CHICAGO (AP):

The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.

The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA's top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and number seven overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference yesterday.

Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is "the wrong way to look at it" at the moment.

"We've defined our direction," he said. "We made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. Wasn't good enough. We have to now reset what we're about."

The Bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. They believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach Fred Hoiberg's pace-and-space offensive system as he heads into his third season.

They see a promising core that can help lay the foundation for bigger things. And they're not too concerned about what others think.

"I'm excited about what the environment in this building is going to be like going forward," Paxson said. "I'm not worried about perception. We understand this could take time, it's a process. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we'll get better."

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